Defense Happy 5TH Anniversary Soldier Systems Daily Recoil Staff May 20, 2013 0 COMMENT It did not take five years for Soldier Systems Daily (SSD) to become an institution in the military-tactical industry. In point of fact it probably did not take more than five months.The first publication of its kind, SSD is justly well known in the industry for being encyclopedic and on point when it comes to the most recent developments in the tactical world. From the latest word on the US Army Camouflage Improvement Process to literally up to the minute reporting from PEO Soldier, SSD has not missed a day of new information or op-ed in five years now. SSD actually hit the five year mark last week on May 17th during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). From its very first official post (those in the know are aware there was another blog that preceded it) to currently contains over 800 pages of content and well over 8,000 (that is an 8 followed by 3 zeroes) articles. SSD began talking about SOFIC, the Soldier Systems Advanced Planning Brief for Industry and many other topics and has not slowed down since. If you dig back through the archives you’ll find many interesting pieces of information and stumble across some things that will kick-start your memory, from the announcement that LAV was joining Daniel Defense to the intention of the USMC to look for an improved MARPAT to a less than tearful farewell for the M-65 Field Jacket – even this prescient letter written from the field long before there even was an SSD. Founder Eric Graves has been quoted or consulted by the Chicago Tribune, US News & World Report, The Daily, virtually all of SSD’s competitors, professional institutions and even fiction authors. Happy fifth anniversary to SSD, founder (and veteran) EG, to Household-6 “Tactical Mama” (also a veteran) and their family from RECOIL. Eric Graves, the mind and will behind SSD, says “Any day I get to shoot a PKM is a good day.” You can read Soldier Systems Daily here.